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September 18, 2014

Back-to-School Style: Fun Accessories Kids Can Make Themselves

Help your favorite students make a fashionable first impression. These back-to-school DIY style projects are fun to make and even more fun to rock on the first day of class.

Alexandra Churchill
Assistant Digital Editor

Any trendy preteen knows that back-to-school shopping isn't just about notebooks and pens. The first day of school is a fresh start -- and along with it, a new chance to make a first impression. The right wardrobe staples can help your student score major points in the confidence department -- and DIYing some of those clothes and accessories? That can be the perfect way to get those creative juices flowing -- and show your kid that it's so much cooler to be a trendsetter than a trend-follower.

Friendly Fashion

"Make new friends but keep the old," right? Start with these colorful thread-wrapped friendship bracelets -- nostalgic reminders of a summer spent forging bonds, old and new.

Make the Thread-Wrapped Friendship Bracelets
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Start Off on the Right Foot

They're ready to learn -- so help them put their best foot forward with some trendy kicks...or make these awesome braided shoelaces for the ones they're already wearing.

Make the Braided Shoelaces
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Tote Couture

After a fun-filled summer, it can feel like a long trek back to the classroom. Help them get back in a scholarly state of mind with a personalized pack. It can be stamped with iron-on patches in their initials or their favorite symbols. Girls will love this decoupaged faux diamond bag for keeping small supplies -- like pencils and erasers -- at the ready.

Make the Personalized Pack
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Keys of Knowledge

After picking out the perfect pack, go ahead, layer on those accessories. These personalized leather key chains can be color-coded or monogrammed so your student will never lose them.

Make the Leather-Strap Key Fobs
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Stay Ahead of the Class

Humid first day, or -- gasp! -- school-photo day?! Say goodbye to frizz and flyaway curls with these whimsical ribbon barrettes.

Make the Ribbon Barrettes
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That T-Shirt Is So You!

Let your little Picasso give a plain T-shirt a cool makeover with stencils and glitter! Get the how-to here.

 

Prefer to use markers with your stencils? Watch the tutorial below by DIY Style host Erin Furey -- and send your kid to homeroom in a custom creation.

Personalize a T-Shirt with Fabric Markers
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Keep an Open Mind (and Heart)

It's not always easy to make new friends. This easy-to-make glitter heart necklace makes a precious gift of love to your student. Write a tiny note of encouragement on the back and she can carry your inspirational message with her everywhere.

Make the DIY Glitter Heart Necklace